Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 94 points

  • Alcohol :: 14.5%
    Ok, here we come to the wine of the night, an overwhelming one. Deep bright golden. The perfume nose is captivating, I never come across with such fantastic aromatic profile before. Fragrance, super perfume nose of honey jasmine green tea, Osmanthus flower, rose petal and underlying spiciness along with sweet yellow fruits such as peaches and apricot. Sweet entry that is voluptuous, viscous, with super rich and concentrated honey yellow fruits, honey jasmine green tea with Osmanthus give the punch on the palate and when I thought this is just a normal thick, sweet wine, it quickly turn to dried, clean mouth feel with more flavors kick in - perfume floral, dried autumn leaves and nuttiness with clean, pure juicy persistent long finish. This is not a wine that wow you for the 1st sip instead, you have to taste it slowly to understand how complex, balance it is. A wine with harmonious and finesse - Zen wine. Buy - Yes.

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  • Willi Schaefer meets some solid Italian Wines (La Chaseur, New Bridge Road): Waldo whipped out this amazing wine to end the night. Really killer stuff, and quite clearly the wine of the night. The nose was just incredible, with flowery scents just tumbling over one another - jasmine infused green tea, elderflowers, osmanthus, chamomile.... ultra-seductive, yet not overtly sweet smelling, this was more incense than perfume-like in its lovely aromatics. Drop dead gorgeous. However, while the nose was all exuberant expressiveness, the palate was almost zen-like in its minimalist beauty. Certainly no lack of complexity though, the wine had this in spades, with gentle layers of almond skins, grape seed oil, perfumed dried flowers, lots of Italian herbs- sage, thyme, taragon - dried spices, a little rivulet of mineral, and a hint of savouriness wafting around the palate. Really enchanting. However, it was the beautiful balance of the wine that made it really stand out. It had 14.5% alcohol and was able to stand up to a host of sweet desserts, yet the acidity was so well judged and so perfectly integrated that this seemed as light on the palate as the German Kabinett. It had an elegant focus and a gently refreshing, almost sea-breeze-like effortlessness across the palate - pure magic in a bottle. Not the richest sweet wine, not the greatest depth maybe, but this was all complexity, balance and harmony - a bottle I will remember for a long, long time.

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